AT&T Option USBConnect Velocity | Turn-By-Turn GPS & 3G Speeds

USBConnect Velocity
AT&T AirCards & Broadband Cards

The Option USBConnect Velocity is the 1st GPS-enabled broadband card from AT&T. Since its got the ability for voice guided turn-by-turn directions, it could save you cash on an extra device.

It also comes packing with a microSD slot (up to 32 GB), the capability to handle 7.2 Mbps downloads (scheduled for the end of 2010 via AT&T) and support for XP, Vista, Windows 7 & Mac OS X 10.4 (or higher).

Stuff You Should Know (Good & Bad)

Design & Aesthetics

Option USBConnect Velocity
Unlike the USBConnect Turbo or Lightning, the Velocity lacks a swivel USB port. If plugged into a laptop, it’ll jut out horizontally for potential damage or bumps in confined spaces.

Option USBConnect Velocity

(Nothing to worry about if you don’t move too much though).

AT&T USBConnect Velocity Accessories

Thankfully, the USBConnect Velocity comes with a screen clip and USB Extension cable. This will simultaneously allow you to angle it at the top of your laptop screen (or nearby ledge) for better signal and the device’s own safety.

Option USBConnect Velocity SIM Card
As per standard broadband card practice, the SIM card is hidden from view. Having easy access to it may come in handy if travel to different countries and need to switch to a local SIM for cheaper prepaid rates. In addition to the SIM card (though not visible), there’s also a microSD slot that supports up to 32 GB of extra storage

USBConnect Velocity

When not in use, the USB port is stored in a sleek fashion to avoid any potential damage that could lead to breaking your broadband card.

Features

Summary:

  • USBConnect Velocity Interactive GuideUSB connection in an ultra-flexible, custom designed articulating hinge
  • Integrated microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
  • Weight 1.3 ounces
  • Dimension: 2.9″ L X 1.1″ W x 0.61″ H
  • The AT&T USBConnect Velocity  is compatible with the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, and XP
  • Mac OS X version 10.4 or later
  • Designed to work both in the US and internationally.
  • Frequency Bands
  • WCDMA (UMTS, HSPA)
  • 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • 850/900//1800/1900 MHz
  • Technology
  • UMTS w/HSDPA (typical download speeds 700 Kbps – 1.7 Mbps max.)
  • UMTS w/HSUPA (typical upload speeds 500 Kbps – 1.2 Mbps max.)
  • EDGE/GPRS – 135 kbps downlink max
  • EDGE/GPRS – 80 kbps uplink max
  • GPS

Click ‘Play’ for an Interactive Getting Started Guide that’ll walk you through just about anything on the USBConnect Velocity (opens in a new window).

What’s Speed & Coverage Like?

AT&T 3G Speed Test

The LG USBConnect Turbo runs on the ‘nation’s fastest 3G network’. Unfortunately, they don’t have the largest mobile broadband network. In an indirect way, you trade 3G speed for 3G coverage.

For the most part, urban areas are covered. However, if you’re a road warrior, you may need to look at Sprint or Verizon:

Mobile Broadband Provider AT&T
Speed 5 Stars
Advertised Download Speed 700 Kbps – 1.7 Mbps
Real (Tested) Download Speed 900 Kbps – 2 Mbps
Advertised Upload Speed 500 Kbps – 1.2 Mbps
Real (Tested) Upload Speed 550 Kbps – 1.1 Mbps
Coverage 3 Stars
Regional or National? National
Check Coverage
Full Review Available? AT&T Wireless Broadband Review

If you’ll be using AT&T’s 3G network, you’ll definitely want to read “How Much is 5GB & Is It Enough” to avoid $51.20/GB overage charges.

AT&T’s Communication Manager shows you how much data you use per session to help keep track (and avoid overage fees.

AT&T Connection Manager

In addition to keeping track of how much data you use, the connection manager has a WiFi locator to help conserve your 3G data along with the days remaining before your data cap resets.

Should You Get It?

AT&T USBConnect Velocity

In the same way that cell phones are becoming our MP3 players, organizers & internet browsers that happen to make phone calls, the USBConnect Velocity does a lot more than just connect to the internet.

It can triple as a flash drive with up to 32 GB of storage, a Voice-Guided GPS navigation system and 3G broadband card.

It’s only setback is the non-swivel USB form factor. However, if you’re not in cramped locations, there’s a chance you might not notice.

With all that being said, the Option USBConnect Velocity is free on the spot and a good deal.

If you’re still not sure about it, compare it to other cards in the Broadband Card Comparison or just other AT&T Broadband Cards.

Related:

AT&T USBConnect Lightning

AT&T USBConnect Turbo

2010 AT&T AirCards & Broadband Cards

2010 Broadband Card Comparison

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